Harvard Heart Letter

Heart Beat: Is there an afterlife for pacemakers and defibrillators?

Pacemakers and other implanted cardiac devices can be removed after a person's death and recycled for patients who cannot afford them. If you wish to do this, you should have a medical directive stating so.
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